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>> hello and welcome to "newsday. >> the biggest manhunt in recent years. police search for the red opened fire on jewish schoolchildren. thousands marched in paris. >> russia calls on syria's government in opposition. fighting rages on. it is 11:00 a.m. in singapore. >> it is 3:00 a.m. in london. broadcasting to viewers on pbs in america and around the world, welcome to "newsday."
there is shock and concern about the attack that left four dead outside a jewish school, including three children. thousands have marched in silence in memory of the victims. the murders were carried out by a masked gunman on a black scooter. he is suspected of killing three french paratroopers of north african origin. the entire region has been put on the highest level of terror alert. our correspondent said this report from to lose -- toulouse. >> police are hunting a serial killer and they know they have to act quickly to catch him before he strikes again. the attack on a jewish school bore all the hallmarks of a previous attack. the gunman prepared to shoot his
victims in broad daylight and without mercy. the monday morning school route. as parents were dropping children at the gates this morning, along gunman pulled up on a scooter and opened fire. he shot everyone in front of him, said the parents. they chased the terrified children into the school grounds. among the four was a 30-year- old and his sons aged three and six. the fourth victim was also a child, the 8-year-old daughter of the school principal. he had finished chatting to his friend at the school gate, minutes later, the rabbi was dead. >> at first tee shot nine bullets into the air and hit a tree. then he shot the man in front of him and the children.
he followed and opened fire again. when he left, he started shooting again. eyewitnesses said one of the guns jam and it may have saved some who fled. >> i had arrived when we had shooting. we were very frightened and shocked. >> this evening the french president nicolas sarkozy returned home to speak to the nation from the palace. he has called for a minute's silence in all french schools across the country and has placed in the area under the highest possible alert. >> this act is odious and can remain unpunished. all measures, all possible measures will be taken to put this criminal out of action. >> police are building a profile of their suspect and his movements. there have been two similar attacks in the past week in toulouse and a neighboring town.
they reveal the gun used on these attacks is the same. he escaped on a black scooter, his face hidden by his helmet. they're sifting through hours of film from closed circuit television that captured the attacks and escape. one witness has said the man has a tattoo on his face. all the victims so far have been of jewish, black, or north african descent. the police know they're working against the clock. surveillance and armed security has been stepped up places of worship. soldiers are told not to wear uniforms outside their base. the identity remains a mystery. the local police speculate they are searching for a man or men related to the far right and with considerable military training. one possible line of inquiry
might focus on three paratroopers who were dismissed from a local base with links to far greater extremism. -- far right extremism. >> the murders have led to protests and condemnation from around the world. >> thousands march through the streets of paris in silence. appalled that the killing -- at the killing of innocent children and one of their teachers. there were shot also overseas. >> for me, children are sacred. attacking children, grabbing the hair of a girl and putting a bullet in her brain. that is absolutely not to be tolerated. >> we were shocked and saddened
to hear of their horrific attack ave jewish school in france. we stand with the victims of this attack and offer our condolences to their families and their communities. we joined the government of france in condemning this unprovoked and vicious act of violence. >> what is the sense of killing three children at the age of three or five or six? word is the lead? there is no good answer. >> more than 100 investigators have been drafted to hunt down the man responsible for the killings. until then, there are 6000 jewish people who live in france who no doubt are fearful. >> we have the latest on the violence and the issue of humanitarian aid in syria. what can you tell us? >> that government was called on to agree to daily cease-fires to
allow humanitarian aid into areas affected by recent violence and the russian foreign ministry made this request after holding talks with the international committee from -- to the red cross. the call comes on a day which saw even more violence in damascus. >> the nighttime firefights seems to have been one of the fiercest in said damascus during this year wonderful. opposition fighters say they were targeting the home of a syrian army general who apparently tried to show they can bring the uprising closer to the power base. after weeks in which his forces have driven them out of key bases, especially in homs. an armed terrorist group debt needed -- >> the english service is reporting what it calls attacks by terrorists. security forces stormed a hiding place for terrorists. it spoke of massacres and in
response, successful operations tusis men and weapons. all this comes after weekend car bombings which beachside blames on the other. what may be most difficult about the fighting is a happened on the regime's doorstep. right now -- next to security strongholds which helped protect the palace compound. the president faces renewed diplomatic pressure from two quarters. the un team sent by kofi annan has arrived and russia's foreign minister said his country backs red cross pressure with a daily humanitarian ceasefire across syria. the head of the international red cross got crucial support. >> the foreign ministry is calling on the syrian government and armed groups to observe a
cease-fire. concerns. it is frightening what could happen to them. >> the daily procession of funerals continues. apparent political progress in russia still has to be tested on the ground. >> the un humanitarian chief has recently visited syria. joining me in syria, she tells me of her concern about what she saw. >> the city was very quiet. only a few people out on the street. i was told 50% of the population of homs had left. in a neighborhood of 50 or 60,000 people, that neighborhood was destroyed. there was not a building that was not affected in some way. it was deserted. a couple of people who had come
back to claim some possessions, a few men on the street corner, talking about the fact that their neighborhood had faced over one month of fighting. people had to go elsewhere. >> you called for unhindered access for humanitarian aid. what is the potential this could be realized? >> i put a proposal to the government which they told me they needed more time to consider but in the meantime, what they did agree is that would lead to a mission which we as u.n. organizations could join. we have joined that. it left damascus -- on sunday, headed to homs and other cities. it is a way to get more information about exactly what is going on, who needs help, and where are they. we put a couple of things to the government we were clear about.
we needed to be able to get opposition controlled areas because our job is to help everyone and if we did come across areas where people needed help, we would be able to provide it. the team have already had some access to opposition controlled areas. for example, this mission i hope will give us some information but we continue to push the government for the wider access. >> are you planning to go back to syria to put more pressure on the syrian government? >> when the time is right i would go back to syria. what we're trying to do on the humanitarian side, we still do not know what has happened to all those thousands of people that have left the area. it is important that ordinary women, children, men who are caught up in this violence may be hurt may be helped. at the same time we want to see a political solution to this crisis.
stability is ultimately the thing that will make a difference to syrians. >> the un humanitarian chief there. you're watching "newsday." sinister goings on at a hospital at uruguay. 15 nurses are -- nurses are charged with 15 murders. >> a backlash against overworking. private companies could take over the running of and construction of major roadways. mr. cameron wants to [unintelligible] which he said was costing billions of pounds per year. new and better roads would only lead to more traffic and pollution, a group said. the health bill cleared its final stages.
despite an attempt to block it. details of the childhood scheme to boost lending -- of the scheme to boost lending. the taxpayer subsidy for lending to businesses could be worth around 200 million pounds a year. for the -- four banks have signed up. >> this is "newsday" on the bbc. >> the headlines. one of the biggest had -- manhunt is underway after authorities shut -- wink the shootings of four people with the killings of three soldiers of north african descent. >> forces are to a great immediately to add daily
humanitarian cease-fire in the country which has killed thousands of people. in uruguay, an investigation has been launched into the unexplained death of multiple hospitals in the capital city. two nurses have been charged with the murder of 16 patients. from argentina, our correspondent reports. >> uruguay is in shock after two male urses were arrested and charged with murder. a third nurse, a woman, was also charged. the authorities said this was the case never seen before in the country. >> we have requested a meeting with the argentine doctor who has worked in crisis situations of this kind. we will have international support in this unprecedented situation in the country. other countries have suffered
this situation but not on this scale. through their lawyers, the keystone said they will do a compassionate act to a terminally ill patient. >> was the psychological examinations i have requested have been carried out, we will see personality disorders. >> the authorities have ismissed the theeuthanasia argument. some were not critically ill. one died of suspicious circumstances moments after being discharged from hospital. >> on sunday morning, another doctor spoke to us and put us in contact with the judge to explain to the cause of death was not a heart attack. instead, it was due to thrombosis from lidocaine that had been injected. >> trusts are still being conducted -- tests are still being conducted.
the authorities believed the results could be known in several weeks. >> progress in burma. political reform has been hailed as the end of the country's long darkness. in a new report, he went right watch accuses the government of base series of abuses against an ethnic population. they have blocked humanitarian aid to persons displaced internally and 75,000 refugees, some of whom have fled into china's hunan province are in desperate need of food, medicine, and shelter. matt smith has made teterboro recent trips and joins me live from bangkok are there other ethnic groups affected as well? >> the war in the end -- the
north in burma correlate reveals violence against civilians, torture, rape, killings, forced labor. her out the other ethnic areas, abuses by the burmese army is a longstanding problem and there are many remaining human rights issues throughout the ethnic areas. >> what is the recommendation right now of human rights watch to the burmese government to stop these abuses? >> everyone is hopeful about the reforms that are taking place but right now, with the ongoing abuses, the recommendation is for an independent mechanism to investigate these allegations of human-rights violations taking place. for one, and a second recommendation is for the burmese government to allegedly opened up humanitarian space,
particularly to the displaced population. since the war started last june, the burmese government has only ones allowed in international aid convoy to access 45,000 internally displaced people. >> are you hopeful going forward that the people of this and -- of different ethnic groups in burma can share the benefits of these reforms that are being implemented by the government. >> i think they would love to share in the hope and the optimism that much of the international community has for burma. they have been under attack since june. the abuses happening up there are quite a serious. there is violations of the international humanitarian law and human rights law. i think the way forward for boroughs's development is to deal urgently with the human rights violations that are
happening and to deal with the humanitarian access issue. there are people in the burma'snt's and i and civil society who are hopeful that this type of change will come. we're not seeing it yet. >> joining us from our bangkok's judea's. thank you for your update. the u.n. nuclear watchdog said it has received an invitation to visit korea years after its since -- the stations were closed. and to allow u.n. nuclear inspectors into the country in return for food aid. >> a string of recent deaths linked to overwork has raised questions about the price workers are paying for the country's success. top international companies place orders and a manufacturing -- in the
manufacturing of a high-tech gadget. >> it is the start of a long work day. she works at least 12 hours a day, six days a week to provide a good laugh -- life for her children. she spent so much time at the shop she is starting to question the toll it is taking on her health and family. >> because i work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., i get tired easily. i have back and shoulder aches and i have gotten sick and i have to have surgery. the family only gets to spend time together on sunday. >> she is not unusual. on average, how many people were 20% -- work 24 hours more? in 60% more than workers in germany? that is leading to fail consequences. she says for years, he had worked more than 70 hours a week. he suffered a stroke it worked
and died three weeks later. he was 29. >> my son died so young because the company gave him too much pressure and time off. he worked 12 hours a day and did not have a holiday. my son did not want to quit his job until the company paid him the overtime they paid him. >> we needed a front -- a new job. >> the case is to be caused by overwork. the company has paid a fine for over -- for violating the laws but has not responded to requests for comment. last year, more than 40 people died from overwork. four times as many as the year before. what is too hard will have a disastrous effect and that has prompted the government to take action.
several clinics such as this one have been sent to diagnose health problems caused by overwork. >> i would say overwork is a very widespread phenomenon. it is not without consequences. the most serious consequence could be stroke or heart attack. >> after another long day, she closes the persian. i'd -- hard work has made them a success story. some employers said -- that needs to continue so taiwan can stay competitive. what is needed is a change of culture with more focus on free time and workers' rights. without that, the taiwanese will continue to put in some of the longest work days in the world. >> the director general of the bbc has announced he will step down in the autumn of. mr. johnson who was appointed in 2004 has been in charge of the
beat as -- of the bbc. it has been a busy few weeks for the royal family. it was time for the duchess of cambridge to take the spotlight. she delivered a speech at a children's hospital. hundreds gathered to hear her debut end our reporter was one of them. >> they seem to beginning in confidence. there are always smiling faces waiting to greet her. as -- her hands were shaking and her nerves could be heard in her voice. >> think you -- thank you. you have always made me feel so welcome.
i feel acutely honored to be here to see this wonderful center. i am sorry we did not come yesterday. you'd love it here. so much can be achieved through teamwork. thank you. >> it was the heartfelt speech and received -- obviously well rehearsed. the duchess describe the experience as new forkinnerve w. it was back to doing what the patches does best. -- duchess does best. >> she was so nice and so
interested in the children and the worker of thew -- -- work. the duchess seems at ease on her home. her first speech under her belt and a few busy weeks behind her, the duchess will be awaiting the return from the falcons. -- falklands. >> you have been watching "newsday". >> one of the biggest manhunt is in recent times is under way. police search for a gunman who killed the teacher and three others. more headlines next.
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